Rooftop Tents. How to put it on?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 14:41
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Hi,

I’ve got a question for the lucky ones who own rooftop tents for their 4WDs.

How do you put it on the roof of your car?
The tents weight around 100 Kg. So, I recon it requires at least two well built men to put it just by hands.

I don’t want to bother my neighbours every Friday/Saturday with helping me set up the tent and taking it off on Sunday night.

So, how do you get over this problem?

Thanks.

Oleg.
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Reply By: Utemad - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:26

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:26
Seen some guys with a pulley system on the ceiling or their garage/shed.

Probably more like 4 guys to do it by hand safely. One in each corner. Would be hard to lift it over your head and put it into position. Especially on a lifted Patrol/Cruiser.
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Reply By: johnsy1 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:27

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:27
I put mine on a frame on a trailer ,but the only solution is to suspend it from a car port or shed provided it can support a 150 kgs.
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:51

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 15:51
Oleg (That's my father's name too.... very unusual name indeed!!)

I Use our EezyAwn on three separate platforms. It weighs 60kg - not 100. I generally use two others to help me lift it - as my back is not as good as it once was. Luckily for me, all of our neighbours are into 4WD'ing as well. Some people use pulley systems from inside their garages - which is great until you stick a tent on your car and then can't back out under the roller door.....

The easiest by far is onto the trailer - because I can rest it on the side next to the trailer and then slide it up myself - without worrying about the paintwork on the cars. For this reason it stays on the trailer most of the time.

a) Our Nissan Patrol (lifted 4"): [ View Image]

b) Our Jeep Grand Cherokee (stock height) : [ View Image]

c) Our Brithish Army Trailer: [ View Image]

Cheers
Chris
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Follow Up By: johnsy1 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:33

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:33
Chris option c is what I did and caged the bottom in for the thieves around and use the exhaust jack to lift the tent base up to the right height off the floor of the trailer.Tinny sits above the tent .
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:52

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:52
Sounds good Johnsy :)

Got any photos?
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Follow Up By: johnsy1 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 18:18

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 18:18
Ill try and find some but dont hold your breath moved house a couple of times and got half unpacked gear every where.
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Reply By: Swoosh - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 16:49

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 16:49
Hi
100kg! What brand is it. I thought our Aussie Traveller at 80kg was about the heaviest.
Swoosh
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:35

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:35
We have a Shippshape that 2 people can lift on fairly easily. Not sure of the weight but it can only be about 40kg. I have some chains suspended from the purlins on the shed that I suspend it from. All I do is use a couple of short pieces of rope around the purlin and onto the ladder rail. Give the rope a pull and when its at the right height, I secure the chains using little D shackles. Do the same on both sides and can probably do it quicker than typing out this reply. (Well nearly as quick anyway) LOL
Takes longer to unbolt it from the roof rack really.
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Reply By: Jim Evans - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:41

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 17:41
Ditto. We have a Shippshape and it weighs no more than 40Kg. The three heavy duty roof bars are fitted first and then it's easy to slide the Shippshape onto them from the side. My wife helps me, though these days (60 years old) she's complaining a bit about doing it because of arthritis in her shoulders. Love that Shippshape!
For the heavier units pulleys from the roof would be the way to go if you have the clearance.
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 19:23

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 19:23
I have an Aussie Traveller...its the bees knees in roof top tents IMHO..and also a bummer to get on the roof by myself ..which I have done on many occasions ....so I built a jack to lift it up to the level of the racks on the roof and then slide it across..cost me about $200 to build. My garage door is normal height and too low to drive in and out with the tent on roof so I wheel it in and out on the jack/trolley/lift and then hoist it up to the garage roof out of the way !!...What tent do you have ?
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Follow Up By: Oleg - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 23:16

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 23:16
Steve,

Do you have any pictures or sketch of the jack you've built?
I dont have any bright ideas of my own. :)

> What tent do you have ?

I dont have it yet.
I'm just trying to figure out how I gonna use it.

I really like the tent from Universal Canvas. I saw it on Caravan Show.
Very nice, yet expensive.


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Reply By: Dave198 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 20:02

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 20:02
G'day Oleg,
I also have mine suspended from the roof of the garage, and I use a boat winch attached to cables to lower it onto a rhino rack.
I also store my fold up chairs and a table inside the cover of the cartopper.

dave198
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Reply By: Oleg - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 23:07

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 23:07
Thanks for your replies, gentlemen.

I'm looking at buying something like Aussie Traveller Rooftop tent or http://www.universalcanvas.com.au/car-top_tent.htm

All of them weight more than 80 kilos.

So I think I need to build some lifting device before I invest any money in the tent itself.
I've got standard garage doors that will not let me to get in with the tent on the roof.
So I think I need to build something that can lift the tent outside the garage.

Buying a forklift is another option :)
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Follow Up By: Cracka - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:41

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:41
Answer is easy Oleg, leave the bugger on the roof and park the bus outside! Mine lives on the roof year round mate. Ready to go any friday night I come home tired and grumpy of five days NOT camping.
Before you buy a name brand check out your local canvas/tent repair shop. I had ours made at The Canvas Place in Kippa-Ring at Redcliffe north of Brizzy. Cost me $2200 all up including roof racks. I could not be happier. The way I figure it I've got a lazy 2 more grand still in the cunning kick than what I would have had if I'd bought a well known name brand AND have something built exactly the way I wanted.
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Reply By: Steve - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 20:33

Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 20:33
Oleg: I'm in Sydney ...and if you want a bo-peep...just let me know...have no photos at drawings..just built the bastard and modified it as i went and its IMHO..the best thing I ever made...well within reason !!
steve

ps.. its not a small baby but it folds up like a casette and stores away under the Aussie Traveler and above the roof of the Landcruiser in my suburban garage !!
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